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Women Say No to Harvey Weinstein Types in the Food Industry


While the sexual harassment epidemic in Hollywood, competitive sports, and other industries continues to make headlines, it has always been an open secret in the food industry; just ask the women who work in kitchens and dining rooms across the country. Julia Child may have spurred a food revolution in the 1970s, but women were not the prime beneficiaries.

The women’s movement, anti-discrimination laws, and corporate sexual harassment training programs lulled us into thinking things would be different in this brave new culinary world, but it was our male counterparts who became food celebrities, opened restaurants and had wildly successful careers. Women, however, were relegated to second-class roles — yes, there were exceptions like Alice Waters, etc. — and suffered in silence in environments where institutionalized misogyny, sexual abuse, and gender-based wage discrimination made the workplace feel more like a battlefield than a place to pursue a passion for food.

Four decades later, the restaurant industry continues to be a testosterone-fueled incubator that fosters or ignores gender bias, injustice, and sexual harassment. Nowhere is this imbalance more evident than in kitchens, where women fill a paltry 19 percent of chef’s positions. As celebrity chef Tom Colicchio recently said in an open letter to male chefs, “Something’s broken here. The recent ‘revelations’ of rampant harassment in the restaurant industry weren’t exactly a shocker to the women working in it. Or the men, for that matter.”

The “back of the house” is still a male-dominated bastion where sexually explicit slurs, sexual coercion, financial blackmail, and even assaults are part and parcel of a culture where women are objectified and considered less qualified merely because of their sex. Woe to any woman who dares to report abuse, fight back, seek protection, or demand restitution — retaliation is more than just a threat; examples of it are widespread, and most women in the industry have personally seen them. This situation exists for many reasons, but at its heart is the dearth of female leadership, the ineffectiveness of anti-discrimination and sexual harassment protections, and the persistence of Neanderthal attitudes about gender.

Although women food service workers represent 52 percent of the national restaurant industry’s workforce, National Restaurant Association statistics show that only “33 percent of American restaurants are majority owned by women and … another 15 percent are equally co-owned by women and men.” And until there are more women chefs, restaurant owners, and managers industry-wide, we will continue to see power imbalances that put women at a disadvantage and create a culture that excuses bad behavior.

The lack of legal or administrative protections teaches women that if they want to keep their jobs or move up the ladder, they have few options. If they complain, they risk retribution, blacklisting, and other forms of professional sabotage, but if they stay and keep silent, women end up protecting the perpetrators of their abuse and contribute to a toxic workplace. The long-term effect of this kind of stress is demoralizing, destroys a woman’s self-esteem, and forces her to endure a culinary version of battered woman syndrome.

As a result, women, in droves, often give up and leave the restaurant industry because they know that no matter how talented they are, they will never have the same opportunities as men. If they choose to stay, they often pursue careers as writers, teachers, PR pros, or consultants rather than endure the hellish conditions typical in restaurants. But it’s time for that to change.

One woman alone can do great things, but together, we can change lives and transform the food industry, and the first step is making our voices heard. To start this process, women from across the food industry are gathering in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, November 15, at an open forum designed to shine a light on issues of sexual harassment and females in the workplace. "There’s no reason why restaurants should be exempt from treating employees with respect and professionalism,” says Kristen Hartke, a member of the industry professional organization Les Dames d'Escoffier and a co-organizer of the event, who sees it “as an opportunity to bring the discussion to a public forum where women can not only share their stories but also seek advice and support.

Women are encouraged to attend and participate in a lively discussion about our rightful place as culinary professionals.The event is being produced jointly by Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and Les Dames d’Escoffier’s D.C. chapter. It’s designed to be a town hall discussion and will be moderated by Nycci Nellis of Federal News Radio’s Foodie and the Beast with a panel that includes: public relations expert Simone Rathlé of Simoneink; Washington Post reporter Maura Judkis; Washington chef-restaurateur Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso; director of human resources Clare Parker of Neighborhood Restaurant Group; owner and psychotherapist Jihan Madyun of The Fulfillment Project; and other panelists to be named.

Summer Whitford is D.C. Editor and a food, drink and travel contributor at The Daily Meal, sharing what's cool and hot in the D.C area's dining scene. When not writing for The Daily Meal, she runs her company, The Food and Wine Diva.

A Q&A Session will follow the panel discussion. Proceeds from this event will support the scholarship, mentoring, and educational programs of Les Dames d’Escoffier’s DC chapter.

Event Details

Date: November 15, 2017

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: The Hill Center

Location: 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

Ticket Price: $10 per person

Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online via EventBrite or Facebook


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.


Here’s Lydia Forson’s Take On Moesha’s ‘$ex For Rent’ Interview She Granted On CNN

This has been an extremely difficult piece to write because there are so many layers to this conversation, so many people I want to give a voice to and others I don’t want to offend.

But try as I may there’s not enough room to cover all the topics surrounding this subject and I concluded afraid that once again I’d be misunderstood.

By now I’m sure many of you have watched the short clip of Moesha on why she chooses to date married men.

For many of you, your immediate reaction was that of anger and disgust at the things she had to say, which is understandable if it’s a lifestyle that you’re unfamiliar with.

But for others there were no surprises there, she just exposed an ugly truth that we’ve tried so hard to hide.

And of course the outrage was felt all through social media, especially from hardworking women who felt her comments tainted their hard work. To be fair I do believe she spoke her truth, and even though it did come off as a generalization I wasn’t moved to anger because I didn’t think her reality reflected mine.

It was also an opportunity for those who’ve always attributed a woman’s success to the men in her life to reaffirm this position and once again people called out any woman whose success they believed wasn’t through hard work.

It became a battle of – the women who worked hard for their money, and those who depended on men for it. The irony however was that up until then, I’d never heard so many people as vocal about hardworking women in Ghana, even though they always existed. So many names of women, who many had accused in the past for doing the very thing Moesha does, we’re suddenly being praised and used as the example to emulate.

Truth is, what Moesha did was open up a can of worms and force us to eat its contents- for years we’ve tip toed around this topic because it’s an uncomfortable one, mostly for the men and women engaged in it. But her interview had many people feeling exposed.

So now that the noise has come down, and we’re hopefully not in our feelings anymore, can we have an honest conversation about the realities Ghanaian women face?

And this reality isn’t limited to only Ghana, it’s something that happens in other parts of the world- which is why I can’t seem to get over the hypocritical snarl from Amanpour at some of the things Moesha had to say.

Websites like sugardaddy.com , meetrichsugardaddies.com, sugarbabes.com and a long list of match making services for older rich men and young attractive young women have been in existence for years all over the world.

So I’d be a little surprised if Amanpour wanted us to believe she’d never heard of this type of arrangement.

In fact seekingarrangement.com has been featured on CNN. Read HERE

The only difference between the women in these situations is that , where as some do it to afford a luxurious lifestyle there are some who do this more out of necessity rather than desire.

Because where there’s an imbalance in the social structure, there are bound to be those at the bottom of the food chain who get taken advantage of.

And those at a disadvantage aren’t limited by race,gender,age or even religion there will always be an imbalance wherever one group has more power over the other due to how the society is structured.

Now in a developing country like Ghana, where poverty is prevalent, people have to work twice as hard to afford the basic necessities let alone luxuries, and with non-existent jobs and opportunities, people out of desperation turn to extremes to survive.

It’s why so many young men engage in internet fraud (419) and for many young girls, exchange sekz for money because it seemingly requires very little effort and hustle.

And this is what I want us to have an open conversation about.

Lets not pretend that sekz hasn’t gradually become a transaction currency used to purchase goods and services because it has.

For many young girls who don’t have the luxury of a financially stable home and support, they’re forced to see this as a viable way to get ahead in life.

Even the few from good homes aren’t immune to this in work places and other areas of their lives either.

Now before I continue it’s important to note that this piece isn’t about the very sekzually liberated women who willingly trade sekz for favours, the women who choose to live this way to support a certain luxurious lifestyle or those who chose this because it’s “fun”.

This is about those who can’t share their stories because they do this more out of the feeling of necessity than want, those who feel trapped because it seems like the only way to survive they’re the ones who I want to give a voice.

For many it’s a dark part of their life they’d rather pretend doesn’t exists, a part they wish hadn’t/doesn’t happen, the shame associated with succumbing to the pressure to exchange sekz for money, secure a job and get a promotion is one only a few will admit.

Even for those who’ve never gone down this path, they’ve at some point toyed with the idea, struggled to say no and sometimes almost given in because at nearly every phase in their lives, what I call a “conditional advancement (“This is when conditions are put in place of hardwork for advancement of any kind, be it grades, jobs etc. )has been proposition to give them fast track to all their needs.

For these women, their conditions are often set by men and for the hardworking woman unwilling to cave in to this pressures, it becomes unnecessarily harder to achieve your goals.

So for many of these women, the outrage over Moesha’s comments is because she’s wearing a part of their lives that they’re mostly ashamed of and pretend doesn’t exist on her chest like a badge of honour.

Especially to the single mother who’s stuck in a relationship because she’s not financially independent and needs to feed her child, or the university graduate who slept with her boss for the job because he was the 10th person demanding that, and being drained from job searching, cash strapped and exhausted she just decide to give in, or even the woman who traded her body in exchange for basic necessities like food and clothes.

And this his why Oprah’s Golden Globe speech was so important when she highlighted the many women who’re silent about sekzual harassment because they have mouths to feed.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. – Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech 2018

We can always argue that these women have always had a choice, no one put a gun to their head and they could have chosen the honest and hard path.

But realistically that choice comes with its own consequences and doesn’t guarantee anything – for instance, how many cases of sekzual harassment go unpunished each year, how many lecturers on campuses get suspended, how many brilliant students are failed each year because they didn’t “give in” ?

The #metoo campaign in Hollywood exposed the real dangers women go through when they say NO.

Harvey Weinstein the top Hollywood executive accused of sekzual harassment used his position to kill many careers, intimidate and manipulate so women that a majority just gave in because it was much easier to deal with than put up a fight. He had the money, power and influence to get away with this for many years.

So in Ghana, like it or not the system doesn’t necessarily favour women in this respect and Joy FM’s expose on the subject revealed that many women, much like those in Hollywood struggle through this. Read HERE

And yes, there are women who’ve chosen the hard way and their efforts must be commended but it doesn’t change the FACT that their road to success was met with these conditions at almost every turn.

It doesn’t change the FACT that turning down theses prepositions meant they had to work twice as hard to make it.

It doesn’t change the FACT that they had to face all manner of toxic work environments and abuse because of their refusal.

It doesn’t change the FACT that this problem of conditional advancement exists.

It doesn’t change the FACT that some women don’t always have the strength, sense of security and worth, courage and believe in themselves to walk away from these proposition.

Moesha is what happens when we pretend that there isn’t a problem with equality, when we limit young girls to their “place in society”, when we avoid the topic of sekz-for-job, when we don’t want to have the real conversations about what life’s like for a young woman in Ghana.

So this conversation isn’t black and white, they’re many grey areas and it’s not as simple as picking the hard or easy way.

For many women they try to navigate the murky waters, hoping to make it without compromising themselves but understanding that at every point a game has to be played to survive.

They understand that they’re sometimes going to have to play the dangerous game of being cordial to a man they don’t like, allow the casual flirting to keep his interest to get what they want and still manage not compromise their integrity in the process.

It’s a tough and exhausting game, but many women feel trapped in it because when the system puts them at the disadvantage, their hard work, qualifications etc don’t usually guarantee much.

So how about we’re outraged enough to want to make sure young girls don’t have to make these decisions, that young girls don’t accept this a way of life, that women don’t have to be scared each time they sit down for a job interview or ask a man for a favour.

How about we work on creating a level playing field were a woman’s hard work is enough to get her the keys to the door.